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DC Government Launches New Utilities Workforce Training Program

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

(Washington, DC) Today, the District of Columbia Workforce Investment Council (WIC) and the Department of Employment Services (DOES), in partnership with Pepco Holdings and the University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC), will launch the DC Quick Path to Energy Program. The new workforce development training program will connect District residents to employment in the utilities industry.

In her recent State of the District Address, Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced the DC Infrastructure Academy which aligns with her vision to create a Public Works Academy that prepares District residents for infrastructure jobs. The DC Quick Path to Energy Program furthers that vision as the public-private partnership is designed to meet the utility industry’s immediate need for skilled workers by developing a diverse, qualified pipeline of applicants to fill the growing number of open positions.

“As Mayor, I am committed to ensuring that economic prosperity reaches residents in all eight wards,” said Mayor Bowser. “The creation of the District of Columbia Infrastructure Academy and today’s launch of the DC Quick Path to Energy Program are shining examples of our efforts to create inclusive prosperity across the District by training and connecting residents to jobs in growing and in-demand industries.”

DC Quick Path to Energy Program will prepare 125 District residents to take the Construction and Skilled Trades examination (CAST). The program, open to all District residents age 21 and over, will have five cohorts of 25 participants who will complete a series of industry-focused instruction and trainings, academic and test preparation, and workforce development sessions at UDC-CC. At the end of the program, successful participants will have the opportunity to interview for jobs with Pepco and other utility companies.

“This partnership exemplifies what is possible when the public workforce system responds to the specific needs of business," said WIC Director Diane Pabich.

The DC Quick Path to Energy Program highlights the agency’s efforts to improve service delivery and training models that put thousands of District residents on a pathway to the middle class. “DOES is excited to leverage our full array of resources to ensure the business community and employers are connected to qualified talented right here in the District,” said Acting Director Odie Donald II. “We are thankful for Pepco’s partnership in this effort and the leadership of President and CEO David Velazquez.”

The District’s Workforce Investment Council (WIC) is a private sector led board responsible for advising the Mayor, Council, and DC Government on the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of an integrated and effective workforce investment system. For more information about the DC Workforce Investment Council, visit dcworks.dc.govThe Department of Employment Services (DOES) is the District’s lead labor, workforce development agency, and responsible for providing District residents with critical employment readiness and job training services. The agency oversees Marion Barry Summer Youth Employment Program, Project Empowerment, L.E.A.P., Career Connections, and additional supportive programs for veterans and senior citizens. To learn more about the programs and services offered at DOES visit does.dc.gov.